THE SECRET TO HIS U.S. SUCCESS
Sullivan Stapleton is discovering pretty quickly that every man and his dog has an opinion when you’re starring on a major US television show.
“I read a review the other day, and the person said I was a s--- actor, and that I was awful,” snorts the affable Aussie on the New York set of hit new show Blindspot, where he plays FBI agent Kurt Weller.
“I got all riled up for a minute, and then I thought ... people like our show, and that’s all that matters. It’s the fans who keep you in a job, not some guy writing a review.”
In its debut season, fans have flocked quickly to Blindspot, the story of “Jane Doe” (Jaimie Alexander), a woman with no memory but whose tattooed body reads like a road map of clues to various crimes.
(Stapleton’s FBI agent Weller is thrown in with “Jane” because she has his name inked between her shoulders, and no one knows why.)
Despite the critics, the actor is enjoying the ride.
“It’s dress-ups for adults — you chuck on a flak vest, get some guns, blow up some trucks. It’s make-believe, and it’s fun,” he says.
The long hours on a 22episode season, though, are another matter.
“The schedule is a killer — it’s never ending,” he says, before laughing. “But what a s--- thing to be whingeing about as a working actor.”
Indeed, the past few years have been good for the 38-yearold Aussie. He credits his role in the acclaimed 2010 Australian film Animal Kingdom for kicking off his career in the US.
“It’s the reason I’m sitting here,” he says. “It opened a lot of doors. I owe so much to David Michod and that film, that I had it tattooed on my arm.” BLINDSPOT, CHANNEL 7, SUNDAY, 8.30PM